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Friday May 10, 2013
By AFTAR SINGH
KUALA LUMPUR: Praveen Nair, who took up equestrian six years ago, is confident that he has the good chance of qualifying for the iGene-Infovalley Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China next year.
To achieve his dream, the 16-year-old International School student in Putrajaya, needs to do well in the Youth Olympic Games qualifier, which begins today in Bukit Kiara.
Praveen, who will be riding Clear Cut, said that he has step up his training and hopes to score good results in the qualifying rounds.
“I will be competing in four rounds and the best rider from the South East Asia region will qualify for the Youth Olympic Games. So I have to accumulate good results,” said Praveen.
The Youth Olympic Games qualifying will also be held simultaneously with the FEI World Jumping Challenge.
Praveen and three other Malaysians – Mohd Izry Razali, 33, Shaiful Azwan, 25, and Yap Jun Zhe, 17, will feature in the World jumping challenge to qualify for the Myanmar SEA Games in December.
There will be two disciplines in the SEA Games – dressage and show jumping. But to date, no Malaysian riders have qualified for the biennial Games.
Meanwhile, a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Equestrian Association of Malaysia (EAM), iGene Sdn Bhd and Infovalley Life Sciences Sdn Bhd in a hotel yesterday.
The MOU marks the beginning of a five-year equestrian sports and industry development sponsorship with EAM.
EAM vice-president Othman Talib received a mock cheque for RM500,000 from iGene Sdn Bhd group chief executive officer Mathavan Chandran and Infovalley vice president Anu Sheela Themudu.
Othman said that the iGene Sdn Bhd and Infovalley Life Sciences Sdn Bhd would provide EAM with an annual grant for developing talents in the sport.
“The Youth Olympic Games qualifier and FEI World Jumping Challenge would be a platform for Malaysian riders to further hone their jumping skills as EAM are aiming to develop riders with the ultimate goal of winning medals at the Olympic Games in the future,” said Othman.
“Over the five year period, Malaysian riders will have the opportunity to qualify and compete in the major Games like the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games, 2014 Youth Olympics Games in Nanjing, 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, 2015 Singapore SEA Games, 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and 2017 KL SEA Games.”
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